Sunday, 29 April 2012
George Bush Grand Ballroom, 3rd floor,
George R. Brown Convention Center
Attend one of the most talked about events at OTC 2011! This special dinner is the signature event for OTC and its supporters.
Purchase a ticket to this event with your OTC registration or separately.
The Annual OTC Dinner will recognize the OTC Distinguished Achievement Award recipients, raise funds for Engineers
Without Borders USA, and provide an excellent opportunity for industry leaders to network with colleagues
from around the world.
Learn more about last year’s event and award recipients.
Engineers Without Borders is a nonprofit humanitarian organization established to support community-driven development programs worldwide through partnerships that design and implement sustainable engineering projects.
EWB members, comprised of professional and student engineers or other disciplines, work with local communities
and NGOs in over 45 developing countries around the world on projects such as water, renewable energy, sanitation,
and more. Members and partners support its core values of integrity, service, collaboration, ingenuity, leadership
Today, EWB boasts over 12,000 members nationwide and has over 350 projects worldwide. It maintains over
250 dedicated student and professional chapters and has touched the lives of more than two million people.
EWB looks forward to partnering with OTC to build a better world, one community at a time.
Distinguished Achievement Award for IndividualsJoe Burkhardt
Joe Burkhardt is receiving this award in recognition of his long and distinguished record of excellence in
developing subsea and offshore technology advancements and tools, including the development of many unique
concepts still in use today.
Joe Burkhardt joined ExxonMobil’s Production Research Division in 1952 after receiving his engineering physics degree from Auburn University. In the late 1950s, he developed a computer program that predicted pressure surges while tripping drillpipe or running casing. Burkhardt won the Rossiter W. Raymond Award in 1962 for his paper on pressure surges in boreholes.
In 1968, Exxon moved Burkhardt with a small group of engineers to Los Angeles to design, build, and test a prototype Submerged Production System (SPS). A group of papers were written and presented at OTC. Exxon received the 1980 Distinguished Achievement Award for Companies for this work.
Distinguished Achievement Award for Companies, Organizations, or Institutions
Shell is receiving this award for Perdido, the deepest oil and gas drilling and production platform in the world.
This world-class project in the Gulf of Mexico pioneered several technological firsts in ultra deepwater
development and production and has achieved an exemplary safety record.